Astro Gridders Pummel Purple Panthers, Move To 2-0

Through its first two games of the 2014 campaign, the Pinkerton Academy football squad has outscored its opponents by the stunning tally of 92-27 in compiling a perfect 2-0 record.

And veteran PA coach Brian O’Reilly saw his charges put forth a bunch of those 92 points in a 29-7 trouncing of the host Nashua High School South Purple Panthers in the Gate City Friday night, Sept. 12.

The Astros busted a 0-0 deadlock in the second quarter with a pair of touchdowns, added eight more unanswered points to grasp a 22-0 lead after three periods had been completed, and headed home with the 29-7 victory firmly in their grasp.

Veteran quarterback Jack Hanaway and running back T.J. Urbanik each ripped off two long scoring runs to help their side to the lopsided win.

Hanaway started the fun for PA by zipping some 54 yards to pay-dirt early in the second quarter to hand his side a 7-0 lead. And Urbanik added a 54-yard scoring sprint of his own a little more than four minutes later to make the score 14-0.

Urbanik added an 80-yard touchdown run late in the third period – with Jason Hansen contributing the two-point conversion sprint – to make it a 22-0 game. And Hanaway tore 73 yards down the field for the final Pinkerton touchdown early in period four, with kicker Kyle Cantalupo adding his third extra-point boot of the night to give the visitors a commanding 29-0 advantage.

South snuffed out any shutout possibility a few moments later, but there were no serious thoughts of a full comeback by the 0-2 Purple Panthers.

Urbanik finished the productive evening with 185 rushing yards on a dozen carries, and Hanaway compiled 128 rushing yards on a mere four carries as the academy side tallied a total of 316 running yards.